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We are moving from SBS to Windows 2003 domain. I am not using the transition pack but want to use ADMT v3. Does anyone have any experience with this?
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Why on earth would you not use the transition pack?  It allows you to convert your licenses at a much lower cost than buying new ones.  You otherwise cannot use Exchange separately unless you have a completely new Exchange server and discard your SBS.

All that ADMT will do is export out your Active Directory User Accounts so that they can be imported into the NEW domain.

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I have the software and license so that is not an issue. We did not purchase additional SBS lic. WE are building a new domain and did not want the baggage from the old one. We have exchange, SPS, and SQL all running in the new system. All I need to bring over is some user info and exchange info if possible.
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So, how many users are you bringing over if you didn't purchase any additional SBS CALs?  Just the original 5?

You can export out Exchange data quite easily with EXMerge, which will create .pst files for each mailbox.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=429163EC-DCDF-47DC-96DA-1C12D67327D5&displaylang=en

If you don't want to bring any other baggage over, then just create new user accounts instead of using ADMT.

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I have 50 SBS CALs. I do not need them on the new system. (100 CALs) I have 43 to move over and we are adding 25 new employees in March. (dangerously close to the 75 limit) Also the CEO wanted a domain name change so I am killing two birds with one stone. The first plan was to do just what you suggested and I have created all new user accounts and was moving Exchange over with .pst. But someone told me that ADMT would do it faster and easier. I have used it on NT4 but not from SBS to 2003. I might be barking up the wrong tree but I wanted to check everything out first so I don't get "it would have been easier if you did..."
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Take a look at the standard SBS Migration document, which will have the steps necessary to migrate TO SBS2003.  Most all of the procedures are also valid for a standard migration.. at least you'll have something to work from.  ADMT is part of this process.

http://sbsurl.com/migrate

You should also review the KB article titled, Common mistakes when upgrading a Windows 2000 domain to Windows 2003.  Again, not exactly applicable, but certainly plenty to chew on:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555040



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Too bad about not using the Transition Pack, though... it would have made this move SIMPLE!

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Two things, The url you gave me does not work. Is there another way to get this information? Second, both ADMT and the Exchange tool require a trust. SBS does not allow this. Is there a work around??
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Sorry... I had a typo in it... it's fixed now.

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Just FYI, SBS allows for a temporary 7-day trust to allow for ADMT.  However, you don't really need that in this case because ADMT is installed on the target server and only requires a one-way trust.

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